BOOK NOOK: The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor   The Lost Letter is a remarkable historical novel rimming with mystery, grit, and grace. Based on the work of the Austrian resistance to Nazi invaders via postage stamps (stamps!), "The Lost Letter" skillfully bridges two continents and 50 years. It spans 1938/39 Austria and 1989+ Southern California and … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: The Lost Letter

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BOOK NOOK: Gary & The Great Outdoors

Winter's retreating. Temperatures are climbing. Here in the Pacific Northwest, hikers, campers, and outdoor lovers are coming out of hibernation after a long, cold, winter. While we're readying our hiking gear, checking our camelbaks and planning our next outdoor adventure, now's a good time to get in a little outdoor reading, too. And when it … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: Gary & The Great Outdoors

Why ‘Mist on the River’ Flies High

First of all, relax. Secondly, don’t let the title throw you. You don't have to be a full-fledged member of the fly fishing fraternity to get into Michael Checchio’s “Mist on the River: An Angler’s Quest for Steelhead.” So if shallows and steelhead aren’t your cup of sunshine, don't fret. There are plenty of good … Continue reading Why ‘Mist on the River’ Flies High

BOOK NOOK: ‘Cross Roads’

Is the calendar wrong? I wondered. It says “April.” Wet, gray and shivering, Thursday was a stubborn throwback to winter.  Hardly a day for a spring picnic. It was, however, a perfect day for hot chocolate, a crackling fire, and a new book. I skipped into the library and snagged Cross Roads off the shelf … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: ‘Cross Roads’

BOOK NOOK: ‘My Family for the War’

My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve Powerful and poignant, this is one of the finest historical novels I've ever read. A riveting, compelling story of loss, restoration, tragedy, triumph, despair and hope set in war-torn Germany, Holland and England. Unfolding over about seven years, the story is told in the first person … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: ‘My Family for the War’

Book Nook: ‘Every Last One’

She's done it again.  In Every Last One (Random House, 2010) best-selling author Anna Quindlen offers yet another poignant mixture of panache and pathos as she traces the effects of seemingly inconsequential choices and actions that turn out to be life-altering. Every may get off to a slow start, but its gathers steam quickly as … Continue reading Book Nook: ‘Every Last One’

A Face Lift & ‘The Five’

Zuzu’s Petals is about to get a face-lift. The new look will fall somewhere between Pantsing and Planning. Like this: There are two basic types of writers or bloggers: 1) Pantsers and 2) Planners. Pantsing or Planning? Per WritMo: “Pantsing” (also known as winging it) is the term Wrimos use refer to writing without a … Continue reading A Face Lift & ‘The Five’